Ukraine humanitarian crisis

People in Ukraine are suffering. Around four million have been forced to leave their homes and have taken safe haven in neighbouring countries. As the fighting continues, the humanitarian need is growing. 

You can help support the relief effort by donating to our Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal today.

Critical infrastructure, including water supply and dozens of health facilities, have been damaged or destroyed, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without access to basics such as water, food, medicine and electricity.

How is Red Cross helping in Ukraine?

Thousands of Red Cross staff and volunteers are working in and around Ukraine to provide support to those affected by the conflict.

The humanitarian situation is increasingly dire and desperate. Red Cross is scaling up its response by the hour to meet people’s vast needs — providing essentials such as shelter, water, food, medical supplies, cash vouchers and mental health and psychosocial support.

Since the conflict began, Red Cross has delivered hundreds of tonnes of essential goods to people in need and supported the evacuation of thousands.  First aid is being given to the injured and thousands are being taught first aid within shelters.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been supporting the Ukrainian Red Cross in Ukraine since the conflict first began in 2014. They are now joined by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other Red Cross national societies in neighbouring countries who are helping those who are displaced by the conflict.

Find out more about the ICRC humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis

International Humanitarian Law

Even wars have laws. The ICRC is speaking with representatives on both sides of the conflict, advocating for the safety of civilians and for all international humanitarian laws to be upheld. This includes allowing the safe passage of relief supplies to victims, the safe passage of civilians away from conflict areas, restricting the use of certain weapons and restricting attacks to military targets only.

Read more about IHL

Misinformation about the work of Red Cross

The Red Cross Movement has recently been the subject of false information and has been criticised on social media and elsewhere by people who don’t understand our role in conflict situations. Read responses to false claims on the ICRC website and on the IFRC website.  

New Zealand Red Cross role in helping Ukraine

We have sent two technical experts to the conflict region to assist with the relief effort. Both are part of the International Delegate Programme and are working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The first delegate is a security expert based in Western Ukraine, working to ensure the security of routes to allow for humanitarian aid to be delivered to people in need. The second delegate is working from neighbouring countries, supporting Red Cross teams with the management of the cash voucher programme — where displaced people are given vouchers to buy necessities.   

We’re also raising funds here in Aotearoa New Zealand to support international Red Cross teams on the ground in and around Ukraine. 

How you can help

The simplest way to support the international humanitarian effort is to donate to our fundraising appeal. 100% of the donations will be used to help Ukraine — with much of the funding going  directly to either the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), who are on the ground in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing support to the many people in need.

You can donate by credit card using the link below. 

Donate now


To donate by bank transfer:

Bank Name: ASB Bank Ltd

Account Name: NZRC Fundraising

Account Number: 12-3192-0043737-00

Particulars (limited to 12 characters): Your first name or initials and surname or organisation name

Code (limited to 12 characters): “Ukraine”

Reference (limited to 12 characters): Your supporter ID number if known, otherwise leave blank. You will find this number on mail from Red Cross, it starts with “RE".

Fundraising resources

If you’re running your own fundraiser and would like to give the proceeds to New Zealand Red Cross to help Ukraine, you’re welcome to use these resources in your marketing. You can get started today by signing up on our Raisely page. Create your campaign and start fundraising by reaching out to your friends, family, or community. You can check and share your progress, knowing you'll be making a difference. Those who donate to your campaign will automatically be emailed a receipt. 

Fundraise on Raisely


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Restoring Family Links

Have you lost contact with loved ones in Ukraine? Red Cross might be able to help you. 

Find out more about our Restoring Family Links service.


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For those wanting to help family in Ukraine to come to New Zealand, Immigration New Zealand have established a priority process for urgent visa applications for people in Ukraine: Important information for Ukrainian nationals | Immigration New Zealand

New Zealand citizens and permanent residents currently in Ukraine should register with

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